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Book Review: A Time To Run

a time to run book review JF Gibson


A Time To Run
Author: J.M. Peace
Published: 2015
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Pages: 228
My Rating: 5/5

It’s not often I give a book 5/5, but this one is well deserving of it’s five-star status.

A Time To Run is the debut novel from Australian author and serving police officer J.M. Peace. The back cover refers to the book as, “A stunning, tautly written thriller” and that couldn’t be more accurate. From the first few pages, we are thrown into the story as we see a dog return to its master on a walking track in the bush, with what looks like a human scapula bone. From there, we meet the main character, Sammi, and begin the ordeal of one of the most terrifying moments of her life.

It is hard to review this book without giving away any spoilers, so to be brief, Sammi is kidnapped and we follow both her terrifying ordeal and the frantic search for her through the eyes of detective Janine Postlewaite.

There are many words used to describe crime thrillers. Spine chilling, gripping, tense, riveting, terrifying, engrossing and frightening all come to mind. And all of these describe this book perfectly.

Peace is able to capture the sheer terror of Sammi as she tries to escape her captor. There were times when I felt the adrenaline surge through my own body. That tingling sensation, that if you have ever had your own adrenaline kick in, you will recognise instantly. I was on the edge of my seat and although part of me wanted to, I could not put the book down.  Just like a train wreck situation, I couldn’t look away. I had to see if Sammi made it.

But not only does Peace capture Sammi’s turmoil, but she is gifted at portraying the urgency and emotion of all involved. From Sammi’s boyfriend Gavin, her best friend Candy and Detective Postlewaite, each character is perfectly depicted.

Peace draws exceptionally well on her years of experience ‘on the job’ relaying how the system works, the procedures that need to be followed and the frustration of the police involved as they try and piece together who, what and where. In particular she grasps the emotion of Postlewaite supremely.

If you love thrillers, crime and edge-of-your-seat tension, then A Time To Run is one for you. I loved it (if you can say that about a book like this), all the way till the twist at the very end. A must read.

Do you love a good thriller?